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Motorola teamed up with Verizon on two new smartphones that were unveiled at a press event in New York City yesterday, where we were introduced to the new Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2 smartphones.
Starting with the Droid Turbo 2, which features a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with a 2560x1440 resolution (540 PPI). The display has Motorola's impressive ShatterShield technology (check out the video above), which truly protects the display from shattering if you drop it, on every surface. Inside, it rocks Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor at 2GHz, 3GB of DDR4 RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage, expandable through a microSD card.
We also have a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detect auto-focus and dual-LED flash that is capable of recording 4K video at 30FPS. Up front, we have a 5-megapixel shooter with a wide-angle lens. There's also dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC technology.
Notifications in the Facebook mobile app have been expanded to support friends' milestone (birthdays and such), sports scores and game start reminders based on the Pages you've liked, and events you've joined. These are customizable.
Disabled by default, you can also add support for local events and news, weather updates, local movies, and a list of places to eat. To do this, you must enable Location History.
The changes are rolling out gradually as of yesterday to iPhone and Android users in the US. Presumably, they'll hit the rest of the world in the coming weeks.
One of LG's most interesting phones would have to be the new V10 smartphone, with dual screens and so much more. But inside, it rocks some serious storage performance thanks to SanDisk's "best-in-class embedded storage solution for imaging", the iNAND 7232 embedded flash drive (EFD).
LG's V10 smartphone is the first handset to meet SanDisk's guidelines for 'Extreme Photo-Imaging Capabilities', or EPIC. SanDisk's EPIC guidelines were designed by SanDisk for its OEMs, so that it could differentiate handsets which are EPIC-capable, from other handsets. The impressive iNAND 7232 storage solution used in the V10 smartphone is optimized for high frame rate, 4K content.
Christopher Bergey, VP and GM of Mobile and Tablet Solutions at SanDisk explains: "LG has once again reaffirmed their leadership in smartphone imaging and video with the LG V10, and we are proud to recognize it as the first SanDisk 'EPIC' smartphone. The LG V10 smartphone is an exciting step forward for the SanDisk EPIC initiative. Leveraging SanDisk's deep understanding of flash storage, digital imaging and the mobile ecosystem, our EPIC marketing initiative is uniquely bringing together ecosystem hardware, software and storage to break new ground in smartphone imaging".
Last month the FCC ruled AT&T be conditionally cleared to offer wireless calling while a replacement teletypewriter (TTC) system (named RTT) be developed. This aging system is traditionally required to be supported in order for a carrier to offer wireless calling, but the FCC, in response to pressure, has decided to bend its own rules a bit in the name of progress.
Following its decision regarding AT&T, the FCC invited "requests from similarly situated providers seeking a similar waiver of the TTY requirements." Verizon responded to this with a petition late last week, requesting it be granted the same waiver.
The much awaited Surface Book notebook and Surface Pro 4 tablet (alongside the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover and Surface Dock accessories) have launched today. As of now, it's available in the US and Canada only, but more markets will follow next month.
Microsoft says pre-orders have gone beyond their expectations, so anticipate limited stock in stores today. That said, they'll be replenishing stock as soon as is humanly possible. Should you decide to skip the retail route, the Microsoft Store site will give you an ETA on delivery time.
New York City residents may want to head down to 5th avenue to check out the grand opening of the company's new flagship store, where there will be a launch event for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.
We've known that BlackBerry's new Android smartphone is a premium handset for quite some time--BB's CEO John Chen reminds us that PRIVacy brings a sense of PRIViledge--but up until now we haven't had any indication on the company's definition of premium when it comes to cost. Now recent reports indicate that the Priv could cost as much as $749 in the U.S.
Up until now the company has left us in the dark concerning the key details of the hybrid-OS Priv smartphone. but a member of the Crackberry Forums has found what looks to be specifications, launch date, and pricing for the BlackBerry phone.
BlackBerry's own website is the apparent source of the info, revealing that the Priv will supposedly launch on November 16, 2015 for a price of $749. Key specs include a curved 5.43" display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 540 DPI, 3GB RAM, a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core 64-bit processor, an Adreno 418 GPU clocked at 600MHz, and 32GB onboard memory. Camera solutions include an 18MP Auto-Focus rear-facing camera that can record 4k video at 30 fps and 1080p HD at 60 fps, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera that can record 720P.
Google's new Marshmallow-flavored, fingerprint-toting flagship Nexus duo--the affordable Nexus 5X and premium Nexus 6P--went on sale today, and to celebrate Google is handing out instant invites to its Project Fi cellular network.
If you've been waiting to get in on Google's own Project Fi connection, now's your chance: the tech titan will answer all requests with an instant invite to join up within the next 24 hours. All you have to do is sign up here. The service normally requires an invite to get in, and not all applications for an invite are met quickly--you often to have to wait quite some time on backlists to join.
Google's Project Fi starts at $20 per month for unlimited domestic talk and text, and even lets you use your phone as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot to power other devices. Users pay an extra $10 per GB of data they plan to use after the intial $20 basic plan, and their unused data always rolls over to the next month. Project Fi is currently limited to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus 6, but if you're in the market for a new phone, Amazon currently has a great sale on a Nexus 6 for $349.
If you've been like me, you're eyeing off Microsoft's impressive Surface Book, but how much will the 1TB model set you back? If you've got the coin for it, you'll be spending $3,199
The 512GB model will cost $2,699, so if you don't need the bigger 1TB of storage, the 512GB model might be the one for you. Both configurations include a Skylake processor, with the Core i7 including 16GB of RAM, too. Microsoft won't begin shipping Surface Books for another 7-8 weeks because of the high demand, so you'll be waiting for a little while yet.
We should expect Apple to unveil a new iPhone next year, like it does every year, but the new iPhone will be very different due to one small change: its LTE modem.
According to VentureBeat, Intel is working on its new 7360 LTE modem so that Apple can use it in their new iPhone in 2016. The company has over 1,000 people working on the chip, as it will be big business for them to get it into Apple's flagship handset. Even if Apple does use Intel's new modem in the next iPhone, it still might dual source its LTE modems from its current partner Qualcomm and Intel.
During Intel's recent earnings call, CEO Brian Krzanich said that its 7360 modem will begin shipping later this year and that new products using the LTE modem will be available in 2016. Apple hasn't officially signed Intel as the supplier of the modem, but if Intel can continue to reach milestones with its LTE modem, Apple should want it in their new iPhone.
We all know to expect some big upgrades on the Galaxy S7, but what should we expect exactly? According to the latest rumors, Samsung will include some big processor and camera upgrades, two key parts of the Galaxy S7.
Samsung's next flagship smartphone should feature its own Exynos 8890 processor, which is an impressive 8-core processor clocked at a huge 2.3GHz on the 14nm FinFET process. Apple paved the way with Force Touch on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, but these new rumors would see Samsung introducing ClearForce technology onto its Galaxy S7, something that Qualcomm unveiled a few days ago now.
The new Galaxy S7 will also receive a camera upgrade, with Samsung using a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera using their own ISOCELL technology. On top of that, the Galaxy S7 should also feature ESS' Sabre 9018AQ2M headphone amplifier solution, which includes a 2-channel D/A audio converter. It also includes harmonic distortion support of up to -120dB, lowered power consumption, and more.